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My hostel in Ometepe had a 13-drink drinking challenge that was free for all guests on their fourth night. I wasn't really all that keen on attempting it but all my friends were doing it (peer pressure, anyone?) and, if nothing else, I figured I could stop after the first few and get drunk for free. In actuality two of the drinks weren't drinks. But since I'm "pure" as one of the guys put it the lovely bartender mixed me a couple of extra drinks for those rounds instead. And she might have promised me that she'd make me weaker drinks...

Isla de Ometepe is an island on Lake Nicaragua formed by two volcanoes: Concepción and Maderas. As we sailed up to the port, smoke rising from the cavity, I knew it was a place I could fall in love with. By day, the omnipresent volcanoes loom over the landscape. At sunset, they silhouette against a sky so purple, so pink, so yellow. At night everything goes dark and you can look across a field sparkling with thousands of firefly tails. It all feels so romantic and humbling and calming and enchanting. ...

Sometimes you are really not in the mood for a tour. You just want to sit back, chat with friends, enjoy the bountiful scenery. But sometimes your tour guide doesn't really get it. And she dresses you up in traditional clothing. And she continues to talk even though no one is listening. And when you ask for a few minutes of silence she starts to whisper. And when you ask the boat driver to go faster she seems iffed. And then she starts to sing. For no reason but to pass the time...

Masaya is a nice day trip from Granada, Nicaragua. There you can find a local market. A craft market. A volcano. I ended up buying a little owl shaped whistle to go with a strange collection I've amassed of owl souvenirs from around the world. Though I wanted a hammock, even though I already bought one in Thailand, even though I am pretty sure I will never have a place to hang a hammock. And we didn't climb the volcano. Though we looked at it. And it was beautiful Photos from Masaya, Nicaragua: [gallery type="rectangular" link="none" size="full" ids="55518,55517"]...

Granada, Nicaragua, was a beautiful town. I could have probably stayed for a while: I had thought about making it a home for a couple of weeks and studying more Spanish. But I ended up spending only four nights there, and then hardly actually in the town, doing day trips just about every day. Some day, maybe, I will return and work more on my Spanish. Because the time I did spend there was wonderful. A mix of wandering the square, eating street food and "the best fish and chips in Central America, celebrating last nights, drinking cheap bottles of...

I can pretend to write an informed post about what I did in Leon, Nicaragua. I mean, I did walk around town a bit and visit an awesome art museum. But, really, I am just going to talk about the kittens at my hostel. Because my hostel had kittens. Three of them. And two cats. And they lived in my room. And sometimes I would come back and find one of them playing in my backpack. Or on my bed. And I really wanted to take them with me when I left. Because I have become a crazy travel cat...